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It looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, even for biblical figures.
Dublin locals were taken aback after a statue outside the Leo Fitzgerald House, thought by generations to be a depiction of the Virgin Mary, had hilariously turned out to be a monument of Jesus Christ after deep-cleaning.
Motivated to spring-clean and wipe down every nook and cranny due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community adopted intense cleaning measures and decided to additionally polish the iconic statue, which has been a “point of reference” for the area for years, according to LADbible.
To residents’ surprise, the supposed image of the Holy Virgin was, in fact, a filthy statue of her son Jesus.
Local Louise Dowdall described the transformation to Dublin Live as the “Immaculate Deception,” a play on the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception of Jesus. The resident added that “everyone” in the community, even “the older residents,” had thought the monument was created in the likeness of Virgin Mary.
Residents have since reported being confused about where to meet after the thorough cleanup. Dowdall recounted a man who had said to meet at “the Mary statue,” only to receive the response, “There is no Mary statue.”
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[via LADbible, images via various sources]